McAllen man indicted on capital murder charge after ex-wife's death

2 years 3 months 3 weeks ago Monday, February 08 2021 Feb 8, 2021 February 08, 2021 11:57 PM February 08, 2021 in News - Local

A McAllen man accused of kidnapping and killing his ex-wife last August has been indicted by a grand jury.

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Richard Ford faces a charge of capital murder by terror threat, a capital felony. 

Ford is accused of killing 37-year-old Melissa Banda on August 6 of last year, after he allegedly forced her into a car from her home in McAllen. Authorities found her body in rural Hidalgo County. 

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In a press conference in August, Sheriff Eddie Guerra said Banda died of a laceration to her throat. 

Ford remains behind bars with a $4.5 million bond.

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